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Fire steels that have the striking surface on the belly of a ‘C’ shape are commonly known as … well ‘C’ shaped fire steels. The classic ‘C’ shaped fire steel is perhaps the most common design of fire steel. Certainly, the shape is the most indicative of all fire steel shapes, it being most often used when traditional ‘Flint & Steel’ fire lighting is portrayed in films and on TV.
The ‘C’ shaped fire steel, in all of its variations, has endured the test of time, going right back into antiquity. Archaeological examples been found that date back throughout the 1st to 5th century Roman Empire, with other examples being found that were used all the way through the Viking era (8th to 11th century), the Middle ages (5th to 15th century) and was even used by the early American colonist.
The Small Classic Style 'C' Fire Steel Striker was custom-made to order, so that it could be used in some of our smaller sized tinderboxes and yet still remain historically accurate.
This Hand-made Small Classic Style 'C' Fire Steel Striker measures about 2-1/2” (65mm) long by 1-1/2” (38mm) wide by 3/32” (3mm) thick. This superb fire steel was custom made for us by Andrew Kirkham who specialises in historical correct hand crafted tools and other products.